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Do You Consider Yourself a Runner?

When I dropped my daughter off at Summer camp, I was all suited up in my running gear. So was another mom, so I asked, "Are you a runner?" She replied, "Oh no, I'm not a runner. I only run about three miles, a few times a week." I was surprised, because anyone who runs consistently is considered a runner in my book, but I guess because she doesn't run marathons or other races, she doesn't think so. So it got me thinking . . .



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MandeeLei MandeeLei 6 years
Quit running and started weight lifting - best decision I ever made for my body. I still walk about 40 minutes a day (gotta take out my doggie!) and occasionally will add in a run or two if I feel like it but I try to incorporate more fun activities as my cardio (SPORTS with the hubby, hiking, swimming, biking). When I was a runner I loved it but now that I am on the other side of the fence the grass is so much greener (isn't it always?)
cg130 cg130 6 years
I've only just started running...someday I plan to call myself a runner!
AMP AMP 6 years
I've always said that my running goal is just to be able to call myself a runner. I don't want to be able to go for an hour at 8 mph or anything, but just be able to walk out the door and run for as long as I'd like at a decent pace and not feel like I need to stop to walk a block or... die or anything like that.
jelibeann jelibeann 6 years
i'm proud to say i just started running again two weeks ago after not running in over 4 years after an injury while training for a half marathon...i'm only up to 2 miles and that's walking/running...but i am hoping to complete a 6 mile leg of a 50 mile relay in september...i thought i'd never run again, so it's really exciting to get back into it...unfortunately the stamina i have build up with other workouts hasn't transferred over to what i need for running, so it's a challenge, but a good one :) to answer the question, no, i don't think of myself as a runner...i'm just hoping to get healthier by incorporating a variety of workouts into my routine
lydialee_home lydialee_home 6 years
runningesq - I am training for SJRNR (San Jose Rock-N-Roll, half) on Oct 4th, and then NWM (Nike Women Marathon, full) 2 weeks after.So far for this week - Mon (4 miles), Tue and Thurs (10 miles), Wed (rest day). Planning for 4-6 miles on Fri and Sun, and 14 miles on Sat.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 6 years
runningesq - I am training for SJRNR (San Jose Rock-N-Roll, half) on Oct 4th, and then NWM (Nike Women Marathon, full) 2 weeks after. So far for this week - Mon (4 miles), Tue and Thurs (10 miles), Wed (rest day). Planning for 4-6 miles on Fri and Sun, and 14 miles on Sat.
MariahGem MariahGem 6 years
NO! I hate running. Even if I did every other sport and workout, I think I would still put running last. When I was in the best shape of my life, as a dancer, I ABHORRED running. It hurts and seems boring to me.
iieee_grrl iieee_grrl 6 years
From Webster's Dictionary Jog : to move up and down or about with a short heavy motion Run : to go faster than a walk; specifically : to go steadily by springing steps so that both feet leave the ground for an instant in each step I am a runner.
iieee_grrl iieee_grrl 6 years
From Webster's DictionaryJog : to move up and down or about with a short heavy motionRun : to go faster than a walk; specifically : to go steadily by springing steps so that both feet leave the ground for an instant in each stepI am a runner.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I used to be a runner...I would run about 60-70 miles a week just because I enjoyed it so much. But then some tendonitis and IT band problems started acting up and I've had to rely more on the elliptical machine to get my cardio in. I still go out and run a few miles here and there when the weather is great and I feel like it, but it's not every day any more.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
lydialee --- I know I've asked you this before, but what are you training for ? a 45 mi/ week is some pretty high mileage!
leens824 leens824 6 years
A year ago I would have laughed at this question or downplayed it and said, "I'm just a jogger". There is no just about it anymore. I think about running more than once a day, get a thrill when I actually get to lace up and go out for a run, and plan things around my running schedule. And I don't care if I'm working a 12min/mile slow, long run or a sub-10min/mile training run. I still walk back in my house a sweaty, happy mess. And when people ask me where I was? I was out for a RUN. So I don't care if who crosses that line last, if they are out there pushing themselves and want to call themselves a runner - do it. Runners rock!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Nope, I'm a jogger.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Nope, I'm a jogger.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 6 years
I will have 45 miles this week - will eventually go up to 55 miles in a few weeks.I do not run fast, I go for endurance. I am consider myself a runner until I went to the Turkey Trot 2 years ago. There was a sign in the start line:-5 min/mile - sprinter6-7 min/mile - fast runner8-9 min/mile - slow runner10-11 min/mile - joggerHmm - Needless to say, I stay with the jogger start-line. And that was a big mistake. A lot of people walk during the turkey trot and it was hard for me for the first mile. My 10K run is 54 min - I am only qualify to be a "slow runner"
lydialee_home lydialee_home 6 years
I will have 45 miles this week - will eventually go up to 55 miles in a few weeks. I do not run fast, I go for endurance. I am consider myself a runner until I went to the Turkey Trot 2 years ago. There was a sign in the start line:- 5 min/mile - sprinter 6-7 min/mile - fast runner 8-9 min/mile - slow runner 10-11 min/mile - jogger Hmm - Needless to say, I stay with the jogger start-line. And that was a big mistake. A lot of people walk during the turkey trot and it was hard for me for the first mile. My 10K run is 54 min - I am only qualify to be a "slow runner"
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 6 years
It's too bad some women feel they need to downplay themselves, saying they "just jog" or "just run every once in a while". It still counts!
equestriennechic equestriennechic 6 years
I ran cross country in high school but hated it and got horrible shin splints from it! So now I do other forms of cardio, with an occasional run every now and then...
runningesq runningesq 6 years
<i>The difference between a jogger and a runner is a bib number.</i> (a quote I've heard often --- not sure I agree with it !)
runningesq runningesq 6 years
The difference between a jogger and a runner is a bib number. (a quote I've heard often --- not sure I agree with it !)
kimretta kimretta 6 years
Huh, this is really interesting. I am a person who runs, but I would be hesitant to call myself a runner — maybe because I don't love it the way I love some of the other physical activities I do, or maybe because I think "real" runners would scoff at my 6-12 miles a week.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
I'm not a runner. I try and go 3x times a week and right now since I'm building up my stamina (under treatment for uncontrolled asthma) I can only do about 2 miles at a time. I call myself a "jogger" since my interval pace right now is 3 minutes of fast, 1 minute of slow. Maybe once the asthma is under control and I can go longer/faster, I'll call myself a runner.I always wonder at what point does jogging become running? What's the difference? Is it pace or attitude?
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